Campus Facilities Summit 2023

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
October 22, 2023 - October 24, 2023

29 days left

College campuses have seen a transformation over the last 3 years and continue to navigate through periods of supply chain issues, increasing costs, labor shortages, and more. What has helped during this time? Collaboration and sharing of ideas with each other.

The Campus Facilities Summit convenes the heads of facilities, capital planning, construction and engineering from the top colleges and universities across the country. It is created as an intimate, invitation-only executive conference providing a relaxed environment to connect with these leaders that oversee all aspects of design and construction.

The Campus Facilities Summit has transformed the way executives participate in conferences by creating memorable, collaborative and effective experiences. Through smaller, targeted sessions, we focus on continuous improvement for Chief Facilities Officers, AVP of Facilities, Directors of Construction and other top executives in facilities, design and construction.

Make Information Actionable. Innovate & Collaborate

The Summit Experience

Current as of October 18, 2022


Registration Opens

2:00 - 5:00pm

Tour – Caltech


Welcome Cocktail Reception


Opening Session

Joe Way, PhD, CTS, Director, Learning Environments, Information Technology Services, University of Southern California


Dinner Reception


Itinerary Pick-Up & Breakfast


Space Planning & Budgeting Challenges

Tom Morrison, Vice President for Capital Planning & Facilities, Indiana University


One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments


Inserting Strategy in Capital Planning

Tobi Anne Walsh, Assistant Vice President, Capital Strategy & Planning, George Mason University


One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments




Decarbonization: An Honest way to Net Zero

Alex Kohnen, Vice President of Facilities Development & Management, Arizona State University


New Student Housing + Panera Bread = A Successful Team

Derrick Magee, Associate Vice Chancellor, Campus Enterprises, North Carolina Central University


One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments


Doing More with Less – Finding Efficiencies and Better Processes to Accomplish Tasks

Daniel T. Okoli, - Chief Operating Officer, Planning & Development, University of California, Merced


Panel: Design Intent & Planning for Growth through the Lens of Lessons Learned

Pilar Illueca, Executive Director of Design & Construction, University of Miami

Ed McArthur, Vice President Facilities Planning & Capital Project Management, Columbia University

Tobi Anne Walsh, Assistant Vice President, Capital Strategy & Planning, George Mason University


Tom Ertler, Chief Creative Officer, Miller Zell


One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour






P3 Partnerships – What’s Next in the Facility Landscape

Melvin Robinson, Director of Higher Ed Partnerships, AECOM


One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments


Design Standardization – A Valuable Tool for Owners and End Users

Holly Jordan, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP BD+C Associate Principal, North American Director of Specifications, Perkins&Will


Roundtables & Closing Luncheon

Phasing and Planning Insights for Modernizing Classrooms

Downtown Partnerships: Connecting City and School for Mutual Benefits

Methods of Getting Dollars out of Donors


Close of Program

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, (Guest Entrance at 1200 Filbert St.)., Philadelphia, PA, USA, 19107

The Campus Facilities Summit is complimentary for higher ed facilities executives subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Registration is inclusive of two nights’ accommodations and most conference meals and networking activities. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations must participate as a sponsor. Registration will open in the Spring of 2022. To be added to our invitation list, email

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Campus Facilities Summit is currently seeking solution partners to present case studies and host one-on-one meetings to share cutting edge solutions and services. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership opportunities by contacting
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

How much does it cost to attend?
Virtual Campus Facilities Summit is complimentary for spec writers and architects.

How do I register for the Summit?
Contact to participate in the Summit.

Where is it located?
This is an online conference, which means that it can be accessed anywhere in the world through a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet.
Audio and presentation viewing is accessed through an internet connection. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

How do I join the online Summit?
The online Summit login links will be emailed to you prior to the event.

How do I access my meetings?
Each meeting will have separate web enabled access that will be emailed to you in advance of the summit.
Access links will also be available in the virtual one-on-one meeting rooms.

How do I obtain credits for presentations?
Attendance is tracked for all live presentations. Opal Group will submit attendance records to AIA. On-Demand presentations are subjected to self-reporting. Certificates will also be available upon request.

Can I access the slides post-event?
All presentations will be available after the conference via the on-demand recording link.

    I found the summit to be a rewarding experience. The small group introduction seminars were a nice way to get introduced to products and technology we would otherwise not get exposure. Director of Design and Construction

    Elizabeth City State University

    I thought overall it was a great summit. Representatives from many institutions nationally made it worthwhile to sponsor. Strategic Sales Manager


    This conference was informative, well organized, and not too long. Facilities Space Planner

    Baylor University

    Very good experience at the Campus Facilities Summit. Attendees all friendly and very engaged. Enterprise Sales Executive

    BSD SpecLink

    This was my first Opal Conference and it was great. To be able to have one-on-one meetings with the vendors was really helpful. Had time to address my needs and what they could do for me. Director of Facilities and Campus Projects

    McMurry University

    Smaller more intimate setting to allow for more access to the clients. National Accounts Executive